15 AUGUST 2016
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Regular charters between South Africa and St Helena are under consideration by ExecuJet as the St Helena government continues to try to find a solution to problems with the new airport which have so far halted operations by large commercial aircraft.
ExecuJet has completed its fourth visit to the island, with sales manager for South Africa Chay White and Captain Gareth Gill telling the St Helena Independent they had experienced the much-publicised wind-shear once during the 13 take-offs and landings they have made so far.
“The wind on that occasion, while severe, was not a significant problem as our Bombardier Challenger 300 was still able to land by approaching the runway from the opposite end,” White reported.
He said there were enough businesses and individuals prepared to charter private jets to get to the island to make regular charters possible.
St Helena’s government meanwhile is compiling weather data and gathering reports of the experiences of each of the flights that have so far operated various approaches into the airport.
It is also installing more specialised equipment to monitor weather conditions and employing computer and physical modelling to build a stronger picture of the conditions under which it will be asking aircraft to operate.
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